Monday, June 29, 2015

Next Up...

June is speeding past, in part due to many fun events. The last two weekends we attended local parades, which are always fun, and also left me looking about the same shade of red as a boiled-lobster. I think I’ll start using the sun block made for kids, it seems to work better than the adult version. A touch of sunburn was worth all the fun and a good smearing of coconut oil when we got home took care of the sting. I do love coconut oil and use it for many, many things. Last Friday I decided to finally tear up the old floor in the upstairs bathroom and put down the tile squares I’d purchased eons ago. They are the foot square pre-glued tiles, so you just peal and stick. The glue managed to squeeze through a bit, so once I was done, I used coconut oil to wipe it away and it worked wonderfully. The floor looks nice and didn’t take long, which made me wonder why I kept putting it off.  

Next up...JULY! Summer is truly here! 

The arrival of July will bring several things, a family reunion, the fun celebration of our wonderful country on the 4th, and the release of the first Daughters of the Roaring Twenties books! The Runaway Daughter releases July 1st! I had so much fun researching and writing these books, and I love the covers the Harlequin art department created for them! 

Daughters of the Roaring Twenties: their hair is short and their skirts are even shorter!

From stowaway…

After years of playing the local gin joint to pay off his father’s debts, talented musician Brock Ness has landed a radio gig in Chicago. Now he’s on the up-and-up, his next stop is securing the dame of his dreams, Ginger Nightingale…

…to Chicago celebrity!

If Brock is headed for fortune and fame, Ginger won’t be left behind! She may be the youngest of the Nightingale sisters, but she’s old enough to know what she wants. And Brock is right at the top of her wish list!

Of all the speakeasies, in all the world…

Mysterious city slicker Ty Bradshaw might have won her father's trust, but everyone knows Norma Rose is the true boss of Nightingale's resort. And it'll take more than that charming smile to shake the feeling that Ty is not all he seems…

....He walks into hers. 

Ty is a federal agent on a personal mission of revenge. But he hasn't figured on falling for a bootlegger's daughter. Suddenly, flirting with headstrong Norma Rose seems far more exhilarating than chasing gangsters!

For every wild child… 
No more watching from the sidelines for Twyla Nightingale: her feet are firmly on the dance floor! She won't let anyone sour the delicious taste of freedom—especially not Forrest Reynolds, back in town after all this time. 

…there's a guy who thinks she's the bee's knees. 

Forrest didn't expect a warm welcome from the Nightingale sisters, not after their lives had been so dramatically upturned. But seeing the challenge in Twyla's eyes, Forrest takes this rebel for a wild dance she won't forget!

Often the quietest people… 

Josie Nightingale has always been the odd girl out. While her sisters swoon over guys, she's busy trying to change the world! Which isn't easy with Eric "Scooter" Wilson watching her every move.

…have the biggest secrets! 

She may be out of his league, but the day Scooter rescued Josie from jail and discovered her secret, he vowed he'd do anything to protect her. And if keeping Josie safe means not letting this stubborn dame out of his sight—then so be it!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Coming Soon and Fairy Houses

I am so excited book one in The Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, The Runaway Daughter will be released in just 18 days! I had so much fun writing these books and hope readers enjoy them! I also am excited to say the title for my Salem Witch Trial story has been finalized. Saving Marina will be released in 2016! This weekend I’m working on the edits for the Cheyenne Indian story…fun times all the way around. 

Speaking of fun times, I have to share what happened last night! The girls found a fairy house down in our woods. 

They were very excited, and Hayley claimed it was the ‘real thing’ because of the fairy dust on it and the ground around it. 

As you can see from the pictures, it has carpet a match-box bed and table/chair set. 

In about three hours last night I learned more about fairies than I ever imagined. Hayley is an expert considering Tinkerbell is somewhat of an idol for her. 

Magic, don’t you just love it?

Stay happy!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cover Reveal

Here is the cover for The Runaway Daughter, the first story in the Daughter’s of the Roaring Twenties series. The Runaway Daughter is Ginger’s story, and will be released July 1st in ebook only. 

It will be followed by The Bootlegger’s Daughter in August, The Rebel Daughter in September, and The Forgotten Daughter in September. 

We’ve had some busy weekends around here. Our youngest bought a house, which needed a lot of cleaning and painting, and of course, now that summer is just around the corner, there are plenty of things to be seen to in the yard. It is rewarding though, to see a fresh coat of paint on walls and flowers opening up, and there is nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. 

We’ve also had spring concerts and a Kindergarten graduation to attend. 

On the writing side, I’m happy to say my Cheyenne Indian story is with my editor and I’m almost done with the next one in my contract—a spring wedding story. Then I’ll start working on one about a lumber baron in Colorado. 

A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter, which was released May 1st, continues to receive lovely reviews. I’m so happy about that, and sincerely thank everyone who has taken the time to read it and write a review. I wasn’t sure how an Alaskan gold rush story would go over. 

The sun is shining here right now, so I’m heading out to transplant a few more flowers—some of my flower beds are too full, so I’m creating some new ones. Wish me luck—I’m not known for my green thumb!

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend, and that you have a moment to reflect upon Memorial Day.

Stay happy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Greatest of These is LOVE

One of my brothers had been in a car accident 15 years ago that left him paralyzed. Due to an infection, he had to have his right leg amputated a few weeks ago, so my sister and I flew out to San Diego to see him last Sunday. Upon our arrival, other than offering moral support, there didn’t seem to be anything tangible we could do for him or his girlfriend, until they told us they were planning on getting married, but with his medical issues it just hadn’t happened yet. (The two had known each other in high school and re-connected again nine years ago off the website Classmates! How cool is that?)

Well, give two women from Minnesota a purpose, 48 hours, and VISA cards, and nothing is impossible! 

We hit the ground running—I mean driving. The first line of business was a rental car because the hotel shuttle van was not going to take us all the places we needed to go. With wheels, a GPS, and a list, there was no stopping us! Once the Pastor and marriage license were secured, the real fun began!

Word spread throughout the hospital, and let me tell you, nurses do a whole lot more than they will ever get credit for! Decorations were made, a room arranged, even a surgery rescheduled! The charge nurse’s husband rode his bike across town for a suit for the groom, the hospital kitchen made a three course meal, an ICU nurse (who is also a professional photographer) came in on his day off to take pictures, and the music…oh, my, but there are some talented singers at the UC Medical Center San Diego! The songs they sang didn’t leave a dry eye in the room!

My now sister-in-law and brother’s home is three hours away from the hospital (over the mountains), and her daughter told me as they were enroute to the hospital, they hit rain and then an accident had traffic at a standstill. She said she told her mother, “Come rain, wind, hail, even a tornado, nothing’s going to stop us. I’ll get you there in time!” And she did!

My brother hadn’t been out of bed in over a month, but the nurses arranged for a special chair so he could be wheeled to the conference room. As that happened, them wheeling him down the long hallways, he was surrounded by a parade of nursing staff singing, “We’re going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…” 

Although the preparations had been a whirlwind, every detail was covered. The ceremony was one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever attended, and solidifies if there is a dream, it can come true. If there is a possibility, it can happen. If there is will, there is a way. 

My brother and his wife have a long road ahead of them. He’ll remain in the hospital for several weeks, undergoing multiple surgeries, but, they’ll make it through it all—together. I know that in my heart, and so do they. 

Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Release Day!

The mass market paperback of A Fortune for the Outlaw’s Daughter releases tomorrow! The e-book will be May 1st, as well the full size paperback. CataRomance gave the book 4.5 stars! 

I also received the first cover for The Daughter’s of the Roaring Twenties series! This is Norma Rose’s story—The Bootlegger’s Daughter. It will be released in July/August.

April has brought us some wonderful Spring weather. The flowerbeds have all been cleaned and the flowers are peeking through the ground. I do love Spring. Seeing the trees budding out and the grass turning green made me want to spruce up the inside of the house too, so last week I painted the living room. I’m very happy with how it turned out. 

Besides all the stuff that needed attention around the house, I had to focus my attention on the final edits on the last story in the roaring twenties series. Now, I’m back to my WIP, and am happy to report I’m nearing the homestretch of ‘the end’. I will then turn all efforts over to a story based on a Spring wedding. Perfect timing. 

Keep smiling. Life is good.